No, you’re not exactly seeing double.  Yes, today’s card is very similar to yesterday’s.  I used the same stamps and the same sketch for the layout.  However, I’ve changed up the color scheme to fit this week’s Dynamic Duos monochromatic pinks color challenge.  Instead of using patterned paper for the panel along the bottom of the card, I embossed a strip of cardstock.  I decided to keep the bunny white this time.  I originally planned to use a white card base, but it seemed too stark.  So I used the other half of the sheet of kraft cardstock that I’d cut for the base of yesterday’s card.

And now I have another love-themed card to send to Operation Write Home before the end of the month!

Stamps: My Silly Valentine (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Kraft, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Pretty in Pink marker (SU); standard circle Nestabilities die (Spellbinders); D’Vine Swirls embossing folder (ProvoCraft)

Hello!  Just a quick post tonight to share a quick card I made.  It combines three challenges.  I used Stars & Stamps sketch #149 for the layout, and the colors are from the current Lawnscaping challenge.  The love theme works for the current OWH Midweek Throwdown challenge.  I added some Liquid Applique to the bunny’s tail to give it a little fluffy look.  I think this bunny and sentiment are great to send to just about anyone!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: My Silly Valentine (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Kraft (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); designer papers from Blush collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); standard circle and petite scalloped circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); Liquid Applique (Marvy)

Today I’m combining several challenges for one card.  The current Dynamic Duos color challenge is to use silver with navy (or, for Stampin’ Up users, Midnight Muse).  I’ve been wanting to get back into the Lawnscaping challenges again for a while, and finally got an idea for their tags challenge. The layout for this card is this week’s OWH Stars & Stamps sketch.  I think this fits the “winter fun” theme for this week’s OWH Midweek Throwdown, too.

It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do with these colors.  I didn’t really want to make a Christmas-y card, and couldn’t come up with any ideas I liked for a birthday card.  Finally I settled on a winter scene with the cute penguin image, and chose a sentiment that would be appropriate for a card to send to Operation Write Home.  I’ve had these big black eyelets and snowflake eyelets for a number of years.  I don’t know what company made either of them, but I do remember I bought the snowflakes off of eBay.  I still have a bunch more of them, but it felt good to put some of them to use. I used a little bit of shimmer paint to create the “snow” for the penguin to stand on, so he wouldn’t look like he was just floating on the tag.  I stamped the penguin on a scrap piece of cardstock, colored him, fussy cut him, and then adhered him to the tag.  The tag is attached to the card with dimensional adhesive, to accommodate the ribbon tied through the black eyelet and the thickness of the snowflake eyelets.



Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ve been having a good week.

Supplies used:
Stamps: Critters in the Snow, Sophie’s Sentiments, A Birdie Told Me (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); Midnight Muse, Basic Black, Brushed Silver (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Frost White Shimmer Paint, dimensionals, and silver organdy ribbon (SU); snowflake eyelets and large black eyelet (source unknown)

I have to admit that this week’s Dynamic Duos color combo of orange and black had me stumped for a while.  I didn’t want to make a Halloween card, and I struggled with a few different ideas in my head that just didn’t seem like they would work.  Finally I decided to see if I could tweak one of my previous cards to work with these colors, and I settled on this one from January 2011.  I added a couple panels to the design, stretched it to a rectangle, and reversed the positions of the flowers and the flourishes.  The sentiment stamp that I chose lets this card fit into this week’s OWH Midweek Throwdown challenge.


Stamps: Sage Advice, Priceless (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Very Vanilla (SU)
Ink: Pumpkin Pie (SU); Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: black brads (SU); flowers (Prima Marketing); petite oval and petite scalloped oval Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

We’ve made it through another week, and now it’s Friday again, which means it’s time for another Sweet ‘n Sassy Digi Challenge! This week’s theme is Take Me Away. We encourage you to make a project using a digital image that shows some means of transportation. It could be a car, a bus, a bicycle, a train, or even a hot air balloon! Share your project with us at the Sweet ‘n Sassy Digi Challenge site by midnight eastern time Thursday, September 13. You’re not required to use a Sweet ‘n Sassy digital image for your project, but we do love when you use those (and you get the chance for perks if you do – see the Digi Challenge site for more details).

Last week I was perusing the Sweet ‘n Sassy digital images, trying to decide which one to use for my challenge card. When I saw the Blast Off set, I knew I had the perfect designer paper to pair with it. So I’ve combined them in this week’s card. The layout is Freshly Made Sketch #51 turned sideways.  I wanted the rocket image tilted up on the die cut piece so that it would look like the rocket is blasting off up into the atmosphere.  I flipped the rocket image horizontally (like a mirror image) so it wouldn’t look like it was shooting off the edge of the card.  That’s one of the fun things about digi images – being able to manipulate them to best suit your project!  I thought about doodling a border around the edge of the die cut, but I decided against it because I didn’t want to risk messing up that piece after I’d already colored the rocket.  (OK, I’m a wimp like that.) The sentiment I used, along with a few others, are included with the rocket image. This card also meets this week’s OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge, to create a card with scallops on it that can be sent to a child.



This month, the Sweet ‘n Sassy Digi Challenge team would like to welcome Cynthia O. and Sarah M. as guest designers!  They earned these positions by using Sweet ‘n Sassy digital images on the projects they made for some of our recent digi challenges.  Their blogs are linked in the left sidebar along with the rest of the design team’s blogs, so go check them out for some great inspiration!

Thanks for visiting today!  Have a fabby weekend!

Supplies for today’s card:
Digital Images: Blast Off (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); Marigold and Dawson papers from Oh Baby! Boy collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: printer ink
Other: markers (Copic); scallop die and decorative plaque die (SNSS)

Here’s my card for the fifth challenge in Operation Write Home’s Labor Day Virtual Card Making Party.  This one really was a challenge for me!  The idea was to create a card with a western theme featuring a cowboy or a horse.  I have no cowboy (or cowgirl) images, but I eventually remembered I have a cute rocking horse stamp in one of my Lawn Fawn sets.  I did have one package of designer papers with a western look to them.  So I pulled the papers and horse image together and came up with this card.  The current Lawnscaping challenge is a sketch challenge, and I used the mirror image of it for the layout of my card.  If I’d stayed with the original sketch, the horse would be “looking off the edge” of the card.  The way the horse image is drawn, I think using the mirror image of the layout makes the card more pleasing to the eye. The scalloped edges and kid-friendly design make this card qualify for the current OWH Midweek Throwdown challenge, too.

I was so pleased with out it turned out, I wanted to go ahead and get it photographed and blogged right away!  Now I need to go back and put a white liner inside of it.  Our heroes stationed overseas sometimes have only a pencil to write with, and pencil doesn’t always show up well against dark colors.  So cards with darker bases need to be lined with a light paper or cardstock before they are sent to Operation Write Home.

Stamps: Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Blue Bayou, Whisper White, Western Sky designer papers (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: linen thread (SU); markers (Copic); Stars Scallop die (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); standard circle and petite scalloped circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

Hello! It’s time for this week’s Sweet ‘n Sassy Digi Challenge! This week’s theme is 3-D Flowers. To play along, create a card using a digital image and three-dimensional flowers, and link it at the Sweet ‘n Sassy Digi Challenge site. You can choose to add dimension to a floral digital image, or you can create a flower by stacking punched shapes, or maybe even make a flower from ribbon. Use your imagination! Even though you can use a digi image from any company, we especially enjoy seeing what our challenge participants create using Sweet ‘n Sassy digital images. More details about the perks you can get for participating are available on the Sweet ‘n Sassy Digi Challenge site.

I decided to layer a digital image for my card for this challenge.  I printed the Poinsettia image twice.  I colored the leaves on one image and the petals on the other, cut them out, and reassembled them to give my flower some dimension.  I also added a few tiny half pearls to the center of the poinsettia.  The layout I used for my card is based on Stars and Stamps Sketch #133, although I’ve added a few layers to it and substituted a different shape for the circle element in the sketch.  I’ve also worked this week’s Stars and Stamps Midweek Throwdown challenge into this card by using kraft cardstock.  The sentiment is also a digital image, printed directly onto the kraft.  And now I have another Christmas card for Operation Write Home.

The rest of the design team and I hope you’ll join us this week! Be sure to “like” the Sweet ‘n Sassy Digi Challenge Facebook page, too!

Digital Images: Poinsettia, Christmas Sentiments (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Poppy Parade, Kraft, Everyday Enchantment designer paper, Afternoon Tea designer paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: printer ink
Other: half pearls (KaiserCraft); Labels Nine Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

It’s Christmas in July with the Sweet ‘n Sassy Digi Challenge this week, and we are celebrating with the new release of FIVE new digital images as well as a digital sentiment set!  Ho, ho, ho!!!  🙂

We’d love to have you play along with us!  Just create a Christmas card using a digital image, and link it to the Digi Challenge blog.  Although we’d really love to see what you can create with Sweet ‘n Sassy digital images, you’re welcome to use digis from other companies.  Details about linking your card and the perks for which you’ll become eligible are all listed on the Digi Challenge blog.

The Digi Challenge design team has put together a blog hop for you to enjoy.  All our creations use at least one of the new digital images.  I’ve chosen the Poinsettia image and paired it with one of the sayings from Christmas Sentiments.  I printed the poinsettia image a total of four times – two times each in two different sizes.  (That’s one of the things I especially like about working with digis – being able to resize them to fit the space on the card.)  For each size, I colored the leaves on one image and the petals on the other, cut them out, and reassembled them to give the flowers some dimension.  I also added a few tiny half pearls for the flowers’ centers.  Since this card is going to be included in the box I’m preparing for Operation Write Home’s Early Bird card drive, I was careful not to make it too thick and lumpy.  (I’m a week late on the OWH Midweek Throwdown Christmas in July challenge, but oh well.)  The layout is Freshly Made Sketch #44.

Here’s the blog hop order.  Be sure to comment on all of the blogs.  One of the team members is a mystery blogger (even she doesn’t know who she is yet!), and one person who comments on her blog will be chosen to win the entire new digital release!  How totally awesome is that?!? The winner will be announced on the Sweet ‘n Sassy Digi Challenge blog next Friday, July 27.

One last thing. Have you checked out the new Sweet ‘N Sassy Stamps Digi Challenge Facebook page? We will give away three digital stamps (3 winners, each gets 1 free digi of their choice) when we get to 100 LIKES! Go see what it’s all about! 🙂

Supplies for today’s card:
Digital Images: Poinsettia, Christmas Sentiments (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Confetti Cream (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: printer ink
Other: markers (Copic); half pearls (KaiserCraft); dimensionals (SU)

This week’s CAS challenge at Splitcoaststampers is to create a card with a love theme.  Since “love you” type cards are always needed for Operation Write Home, that wasn’t a problem at all.  But since it’s nearly June, I didn’t want to make something pink or red or looking anything like a Valentine.  So I decided to use the current Dynamic Duos color challenge for my color scheme and punch some flowers, and ended up with today’s card – which, except for the colors, is actually quite similar to the Christmas cards my family sent out last year, LOL.

Thanks for stopping by today!  🙂

All supplies from this card are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Short & Sweet, Season of Joy
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Naturals White
Ink: Marina Mist
Other: 5-Petal Flower punch, Spring Bouquet Flower punch, brad, sponge

Hello!  Welcome to my stop on the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Sketch Blog Hop!

Today we’re remembering the brave men and women who have given their all for our country and its freedom by sharing cards made for the purpose of sending to our military members still stationed overseas, so that they may write to their family and friends back at home.

The OWH Stars and Stamps blog has over 120 great sketches to help jumpstart your creativity and make it easier to get started making cards for our heroes to use.  I’ve used sketch 49 for today’s card.  Love-themed cards are always useful, and I wanted to make something that would be suitable to send a man, woman, boy or girl of any age.  I combined several Lawn Fawn stamp sets to create this postcard image.  I repeated the little hearts on the liner inside the card; in the photo you can see one peeking out.  (I combined the three hearts from two different stamp sets on my acrylic block so I could stamp them all at the same time.)  The red and black panels are both dry embossed (which makes this card qualify for the current Lawnscaping challenge), although it’s hard to see that detail on the black panel.  The love theme also ties in with the current OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge.



Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and be sure to take some time to remember our heroes who have died in service in order to make our country and world a better place.

Supplies used:
Stamps: You’ve Got Mail, Bows and Holly, My Silly Valentine, Love ‘n Breakfast (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Brilliant Blue, Real Red, Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Hearts embossing folder (ProvoCraft); Plaid embossing folder (Sizzix)

I had a few cardmaking objectives today.  I needed to make a birthday card for my father-in-law, and I wanted to try this week’s OWH Stars and Stamps sketch challenge.  When I went to the OWH site to get the sketch I noticed the Midweek Throwdown challenge of making a love themed card.  So, I decided to do all this the quick and easy way.  I made two cards, using the same basic materials, but changing them slightly to meet each purpose.

First is the birthday card.  In looking back over the cards I’ve made for my father-in-law over the years, I noticed I usually use trees and leaves on his cards.  I decided I’d try to get away from that this year.  Although I don’t think my father-in-law was ever as interested in trains as my husband used to be, I felt this was a good masculine image to use.


Here’s the love themed card.  The brads started out as pewter finish, but I colored them with a Copic marker to coordinate with the cardstock. The sentiment panel is a bit more narrow than what the sketch called for, but if I’d made it using the sketch measurements, it would have had too much white space and probably would have looked weird. To accommodate the prongs of the brads, the sentiment panel is attached with dimensional adhesive.


The really nice thing about this sketch was it allowed me to use up scraps.  Except for the card bases, all the cardstock and designer paper were scraps left over from previous projects.  I did have to cut the narrow reddish print strips to size, but they did not come from a new piece of designer paper.  It felt good to put the scraps to use!

Stamps: Birthday card – All Aboard, Birthday Whimsy (Stampin’ Up); Love card – Masculine Messages (Gina K. Designs)
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Naturals Ivory (SU); designer papers from Boxer 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Night of Navy (SU)
Other: heart brads (Making Memories); dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  Today’s card combines a couple of challenges.  I’ve used Freshly Made Sketches layout #35 for the composition of the card, and the color scheme is taken from the current OWH Stars and Stamps Midweek Throwdown challenge to use tropical colors.  This card will be going in my Operation Write Home stash, and I hope that it will brighten someone’s day.


Stamps: Everyday Greetings Collection (Wordsworth)
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Green Galore, Positively Pink, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Green Galore, Positively Pink (SU)
Other: green grosgrain ribbon (SU); scoring board (Martha Stewart Crafts); half pearl (KaiserCraft)

I incorporated a lot of challenges into today’s card!   First of all, this week’s Sweet Stop Sketch challenge was to follow a previous Sweet Stop sketch for your project’s layout.  It took me a while to decide because there are so many awesome choices there, but I finally picked sketch #118 and stretched it out for an A2 portrait-oriented card.  The current Sweet ‘n Sassy Digi Challenge is to create a project with a vintage or antique look; I think I accomplished that with the sponging I added to the different panels on the card.  The OWH Midweek Throwdown challenge is to use the colors brown and turquoise; those are the dominant colors here even though I’ve added some splashes of yellow.  I’ve also fit in this week’s Splitcoaststampers Free For All challenge to mix and match two or more designer papers (I’ve used three – the turquoise background, the turquoise and brown stripe, and the yellow scalloped border is also a designer paper scrap).

Enough talk… here’s the card:

Digital Image: Butterfly & Flower (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Sentiment Stamp: Everyday Sayings (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Blush and Two Scoops 6″ x 6″ paper pads (Basic Grey)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Cool Caribbean, Soft Sky (SU); printer ink
Other: Chocolate Chip twill ribbon (SU); Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Houston Arts); small scalloped border die (Papertrey Ink); sponge

It’s April, which means it’s time to get working on Father’s Day cards for Operation Write Home.  Shippers need to receive them by the end of this month!  Father’s Day cards are also the theme for this week’s OWH Stars & Stamps Midweek Throwdown, so I have a couple to share with you today.

First off is one using this week’s OWH Stars & Stamps blog sketch.  I turned the sketch sideways for something a little different.  I decided to let the designer paper do most of the work for me.


For my second card, I used this week’s Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge layout.  The only thing I changed on this one is I made sure the circle with the sentiment was on top of all the others.  I also rounded the outside corners of the card to go along with the circle theme.  It felt nice to put some of my retired cardstock and designer papers to good use!


Supplies for the mathematical card:
Stamps: All Year Cheer II (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Cherry Cobbler (SU); papers from Oxford 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Other: standard circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

Supplies for the many circles card:
Stamps: All Year Cheer II (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip, Autumn Vine designer papers (SU)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other: standard circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); corner punch (EK Success)

I’ve been trying to get some masculine cards made for the Operation Write Home Muscle Card Challenge.  This one uses the Sweet Stop sketch #152 layout.  I’m not sure I like the contrast of the white background in the designer paper against the darker colors, but it was the best designer paper I had to match the colors and scene of my focal point. The focal point is stamped on glossy paper brayered with ink from a rainbow pad. I’ve had it done up for so long that I have to confess I’m not 100% sure which rainbow pad I used, and I think the colors have mellowed a bit. I *think* it’s Adirondack’s Wildflower pad. This week’s OWH Stars and Stamps Midweek Throwdown challenge is to create “thinking of you” cards, so that was the inspiration for the sentiment I chose.  (I was hurrying to get this blogged, but don’t worry – I’ll go back and put a white liner inside the card!)

Stamps: Serene Silhouettes, Thoughtful Rhubarb (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); Sanded (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Glossy White, Autumn Vine designer paper (SU)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy (SU); rainbow ink pad (source unsure)
Other: standard circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); brayer

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